My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thank you to Booksparks for sending me this gem as part of the Valentine’s Day BookGram program. I may or may not have send myself a BookGram “from my husband” because he’s so darn thoughtful and knows how much I love books. And my mystery book just happened to be It’s Always the Husband.
I have so many books to read right now in print that I decided to find this one at the library and see if the audiobook was available to listen to instead… and it was! Plug for the library. If you don’t have a library card, go get one. All the cool kids are doing it. And heck, you’re paying for it. You may as well use it.
This is the first book I’ve read from Michele Campbell and I was pleased with my first experience. Enough to request an advanced copy of her upcoming book A Stranger on the Beach (can’t wait to read it)! It’s Always the Husband is a story about three college roommates and besties… their lives and relationships as they navigate through their college years…. their struggles with dating and boys…. and the dark memories that bind them together of the dreadful night they will never forget. Fast forward many years later and that night still lies heavy on their conscience. And one of the girls will pay for her mistakes with her life.
I thought Michelle Campbell did a fantastic job developing the relationships between the three main characters. There was this “three’s a crowd” vibe throughout the book that made for an interesting dynamic and spiced up the drama for me. I also felt like all three girls had very distinct personality traits and characteristics that made them stand out as individuals, which made for a more interesting read in my opinion.
I was kind of surprised (in a good way) at the sudden turn of events somewhere around the middle of the story. The first part of the book is heavily rooted in the past while the second half of the book focuses on present day, and while I’ve ready many books with a similar past/present style, this book didn’t flip flop quite as often as some of the other books I’ve read. I appreciated the fact that my brain was able to stay in a particular time period for longer chunks of time as stories that bounce back and forth frequently can sometimes get a little challenging to follow.
Overall, this was a very good thriller. Was it the best book I’ve ever read? No. Was it the best thriller I’ve ever read? No. But it was entertaining and well worth the read.